Drill press on the bench??


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Charlie1022
November 15, 2012, 08:21 PM
How many of you have a drill press on the bench to process brass with or is there a better tool to process brass with?

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tightgroup tiger
November 15, 2012, 08:29 PM
Yes I do have a 13"drill press on the work bench outside of my reloading room but I can't say I've used it for anything related to reloading except to straighten my decapping stems after I hit a Berdon primer.

MachIVshooter
November 15, 2012, 08:45 PM
what aspect of processing?

I use a metal lathe for removing primer pocket crimps. Just chuck the deburring tool, set your buckets on either side, crank it up to 2,000 RPM and go to town. I can remove crimp & chamfer 1,000 cases in a half hour this way.

Walkalong
November 15, 2012, 08:47 PM
Drill press and lathe are outside in my shed/workshop. Keeps the mess out there.

Cmeboston
November 15, 2012, 09:02 PM
I use a drill press with the el cheapo lee trimmers.


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helotaxi
November 15, 2012, 09:12 PM
I have a drill press with the Forster power trimmer mounted to it.

whtsmoke
November 15, 2012, 09:43 PM
yep metal lathe and drill press, the old deburring tool trick. you can swage them all you want i can it faster my way.

Jasper1573
November 15, 2012, 09:47 PM
I have used my drill press for cleaning primer pockets and removing military crimp from primer pocket with deburring tool. Tried trimming brass with it using a Possum Holler trimmer, but was too aggressive and always trimmed short.

cfullgraf
November 15, 2012, 10:38 PM
Drill press and lathe are outside in my shed/workshop. Keeps the mess out there.

Yup, and a mill.

Except the shop is in the room at the other end of the basement.

rcmodel
November 15, 2012, 10:43 PM
None of them wimpy little case prep centers for me!

Chinese mini-lathe on the bench.

And a full size variable speed drill-press on the floor next to it.

rc

Jeff H
November 15, 2012, 11:32 PM
A nice table top Delta is in the workshop. I do use it for various case processing duties when it isn't needed for woodworking.

1SOW
November 16, 2012, 02:28 AM
Drill press is across the garage from the reload area for removing WCC pistol brass crimps.

jfremder
November 16, 2012, 09:37 AM
I have a drill press with the Forster power trimmer mounted to it.
I have a Possum Hollow Trimer on mine, and a couple HF hand drills with Chamfer/Debur clamped to the deck. Run 'em all at the same time :)

jmorris
November 16, 2012, 10:19 AM
Nope, the machine shop is out back. A dillon trimmer on a 1050 will size trim and swage over 2000 cases an hour without putting your hands on a single case.

Jdillon
November 17, 2012, 12:38 AM
My Clausing 20" press is little big for cases but works fine on the big stuff. :)

codefour
November 17, 2012, 01:03 AM
I use a bench top sized drill press all the time. I uniform flash holes and primer pocket cleaning is quicker than the RCBS case prep center.. I only use it with the belt on the slowest setting.

HOWARD J
November 17, 2012, 01:40 AM
I have a 8" lathe & milling machine on one of my 3 benches-=--also a drill press I use to mill down larger metal to use on the milling machine for small gun parts.
When I get a batch of cases with bad powder burns that have been left for many month & turned the brass semi-red I use a steel rod that locks the brass cases & turns them on the drill press---Then I hold steel wool around brass & it takes the corrosion off the brass & saves the case. Drill press comes in handy for other things also.

Offfhand
November 18, 2012, 10:11 AM
Another useful and time saving application of a drill press is turning case necks. Attached photo shows case held in Forster collet clamp with mandrel shank of a K&M neck turner in chuck. (tungsten carbide mandrels much recommended here.)This setup is fast and handy for doing large batches of cases to be used for varmint or target shooting, where the object is simply turning necks to uniform thickness. But for cases to be used in benchrest competition, with necks being turned to a specific thickness, I certainly prefer turning them on a lathe.

joecil
November 18, 2012, 10:23 AM
I have a bench drill press I purchased at Harbor Freight a few years ago. I tried it for sizing brass but went back to a rechargeable hand drill for it. Just found it faster and easier is all. A small metal lathe is on my dream list of things to get but not at this time.

rodinal220
November 18, 2012, 10:26 AM
HF Mini-Lathe for primer pockets,case surgery(turning 32 colt short into 32RF),trimming,opening flash holes for blank round for revolvers.

FROGO207
November 18, 2012, 11:47 AM
I have a drill press on my heavy duty bench that I use for gunsmithing etc. I have it in a cookie sheet to contain a lot of the brass shavings that I get when I size my casings. I use the lee case length guide and cutter chucked into my drill and the base plate for the bottom instead of the lockstud/holder. I must admit that it gets a lot more use for this task than any other use I could have for it.:D

Clark
November 18, 2012, 11:48 AM
http://i757.photobucket.com/albums/xx220/ClarkM/RCBSTrimPro3-WayCutter22CaliberL-1.jpg
RCBS Trim Pro 3-Way Cutter 22 Caliber
Lee Shellholder 223
Lee Lock stud
Rockwell mill [big drill press]
Kurt vise [ big drill press vise bolted to the mill table]
vise grips [for actuating the lee Lock stud]

That will trim, inside chamfer, and outside chafer a case every couple seconds.
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I have also put a Forster outside neck turner on the drill press.
I mounted the trimmer with foam rubber and rope. I need to control the torque and trust, but the center of the drill press quill and and center of the turner must float so they can be concentric.
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I have done outside neck turning in the metal lathe with the mandrel in the headstock and a shell holder in the tail stock, like Mike Bryant:
http://www.bryantcustom.com/articles/neckturn.htm

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I have done outside neck turning in the metal lathe with the mandrel in the tailstock and the piece of brass rim in the headstock.

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